A letter from Louis Dorfman regarding IEAS Important News and Changes

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

This year has been an unprecedented and challenging year for the whole world and the organizations affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects on beings, human and animals. We at the sanctuary have been less effected than many organizations; our main issues have been the loss of most of our interns (who returned to their home quarantine) and the loss of some of our… Read more »

Giving USA 2020: Charitable giving showed solid growth, climbing to $449.64 billion in 2019, one of the highest years for giving on record

Giving USA

American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $449.64 billion to U.S. charities in 2019, placing it among the highest years ever for charitable giving, according to findings in Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019, released today. Total charitable giving rose 4.2% measured in current dollars (2.4% adjusted for inflation) over the revised total of $431.43 billion… Read more »

Lessons From Animals

Harvey Mackay

In the Upper Midwest, a sure sign of spring and fall is when geese fly overhead, often honking loudly.  I recently discovered the reason. Turns out that Professor Margaret Kuhn’s research revealed that in order to fly long distances, geese rotate their leaders, and they only pick the ones that can handle turbulence.  The other birds honk, not from discomfort, but to encourage their… Read more »

Upcoming Summer Events at Cibolo Nature Center

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

    Upcoming Events & Updates   MOONDANCE CONCERT SERIES IS BACK Your favorite outdoor concerts are back and start July 11 with the Blake Torrey Band. We are limiting capacity—get your tickets online to ensure your spot! Tickets & Info THIRST FOR NATURE: FIREFLIES First event sold out in minutes. 2nd event added June 25 with limited capacity. Register Here FARMERS MARKET EVERY SATURDAY Explore… Read more »

It’s time for transformation – Join us at this year’s Children’sSummit

Children at Risk

THE TEXAS FAMILY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL PRESENTS….   Save the date for this year’s virtual Children’s Summit!   WHEN: June 26th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM WHERE: Zoom Webinar COST: $45   The Children’s Summit is an annual event hosted by CHILDREN AT RISK that focuses on the major issues faced by children each year. The last few months have brought unprecedented change to… Read more »

You can give a homeless child a bright start this academic year

SAMMinistries

  Do you remember the excitement of starting a new school year?    You can give a homeless child a bright start this academic year.   On the first day of school, every child should be able to put on a crisp new outfit, slide their feet into shoes that fit, and grab a backpack stocked with the supplies they need to start their… Read more »

Up to $1M in global research to advance gender equity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This year in the United States, we celebrate a landmark of the women’s suffrage movement—the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. And just this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Yet gender inequities remain a barrier to good health and well-being. Across the globe, nations and communities… Read more »

RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking proposals from non- or for-profit organizations, colleges or universities or other public entities for the leadership and management of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Applicants must be: dedicated to equity and have a strong knowledge of how things like jobs, housing, and education impact health and opportunity in local communities; experienced in directing a competitive multi-phased… Read more »

Communities Foundation of Texas 2019 GRANT PROCESS – APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

Communities Foundation of Texas

CFT OPENS 2019 GRANT PROCESS, REGISTER NOW FOR FEB. 13 WORKSHOP, APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1 Communities Foundation of Texas excited to invite nonprofits to our 2019 Letter of Inquiry and Giving Guide workshop. Please join us on February 13, 2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Communities Foundation of Texas. During the workshop, CFT will provide information about our 2019 processes as well as answer… Read more »

Blackbaud Institute Releases 2018 Charitable Giving Report

Blackbaud

Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the release of the 2018 Charitable Giving Report by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact™. The seventh annual report, which represents the earliest and largest analysis of overall and online giving in the U.S. nonprofit sector in 2018, shows continued year-over-year growth and another record high for online giving. “The 2018 Charitable… Read more »

A great article to read: What I Learned as a Funder: Frank Tips for Nonprofits

Catherine Crystal Foster and Blue Avocado

Over decades in the social sector, I spent countless hours in the grant-seeking trenches and saw my share of things that left me wondering whether to laugh or cry. But then I became a foundation funder and encountered a prospective grantee’s “toxic diaper excuse” (more on that later), which truly left my head shaking. Reflecting on my experiences, I am aware of how deeply… Read more »

Because you are a nonprofit working hard to save the world, this article on Resilience is imperative for you to read

Josephine Gurch of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

This is the fourth post in our “3 Things to Know” series, an explanation of concepts influencing community mental health and our grantmaking. Check out others in this series on Health Equity, Social Determinants of (Mental) Health, and Well-being. Resilience is critical to health and mental health interventions. So critical that major public health institutions have developed frameworks to provide clarity about its definition and its… Read more »

Brian and Wetonnah McCoy of San Marcos have donated $1 million to Texas State University to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration

Texas State University

Brian and Wetonnah McCoy of San Marcos have donated $1 million to Texas State University to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration. At the McCoys’ request, the endowed chair will be named in honor of Denise T. Smart, current dean of the McCoy College of Business Administration, in recognition of her leadership and service to the college. The first… Read more »

The Best Way To Put Clients First Is To Let Them Lead!

Dr. Marc Spencer, Blue Avocado

Those of us who work at nonprofits are drawn to a particular mission and a desire to do good and give back. Most of us have navigated our careers thoughtfully and intentionally and have worked hard (perhaps even tirelessly). Yet often, despite our good intentions and hard work, we find ourselves replicating the practices that created the inequity we committed to disrupt in the… Read more »

The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off

Children at Risk

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?   The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off today and CHILDREN AT RISK is ready to advocate for policies that improve the lives of Texas children. From access to quality child care to school finance, mental health support, and protections for human trafficking victims, Texas has a lot of work to do. Help us make Texas the best… Read more »

January 2019 Exhibitions & Public Programs

Lawndale

Sunday Brunch with Lawndale Sunday, January 27 11 AM – 1 PM Tickets: $100 // $75 (Lawndale Members)  Artworks: $300 (per work) Support Lawndale’s vibrant exhibitions and programs while feasting on Bloody Marys, mimosas, and art! At this new fundraiser, nineteen 8 x 10″ artworks created and donated by artists in the Lawndale community will be exhibited anonymously and can be purchased for $300,… Read more »

Arnold Foundation announces funding for first-of-its-kind addiction treatment rating system

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) announced a $1.3 million grant to the national nonprofit Shatterproof to pilot the first addiction treatment rating system. The system will be an important step toward ensuring patients with opioid use disorder receive tested forms of medical treatment. Only one in 10 Americans with opioid use disorder receives treatment shown by research to be effective. The problems… Read more »